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DESIGNED FOR LONGEVITY
Crypton LLC was founded just over 25
years ago in the basement of a Michigan
home by Craig and Randy Rubin,
who were trying to come up with a
fabric that would be resistant to stains,
fluids and odor-an alternative to the
environmentally unfriendly vinyl that
was then ubiquitous. Their creation
revolutionized performance fabric, and
fabrics from the company, which is now
based in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., are
found the world over, in major hotels, food
chains and other hospitality settings, as
well as in homes.
From the beginning, according to Julia
Gillespie, Crypton's vice president for
marketing, concern for the environment
has been part of the company.
"When Crypton was founded, it
marked the first time fabric could be
installed in high-traffic spaces instead of
vinyl or vinylized fabric," says Gillespie.
"Our products extend useful life-that is
our core. We are committed to be good
stewards. We've always prided ourselves
on being sustainable."
Advancement over the years at Crypton
has included major changes in the chemistry
used to produce the fabric. "The chemistry
is now calibrated to the fabric," says
Gillespie, "with the goal of less chemistry-a
lot less-for better performance."
There was also the introduction of
Crypton Green, a designation that means
more sustainable fibers are used. To be
certified Crypton Green, the fiber content
must meet one of the following criteria:
50-100 percent recycled; 100 percent
heavy-metal-free polyester; 100 percent
wool with heavy-metal-free dyes; or 100
percent polypropylene.
Crypton's technology is
GREENGUARD Gold certified, and the
company has a program for recycling
manufacturing remnants.
But all that may sometimes obscure the
fact, according to Gillespie, that Crypton's

Products made by Crypton are made to be resistant to stains, but the Michigan-based
company also strives to use less chemistry in the process. Photo: Crypton LLC.
As part of its environmental
efforts, Crypton uses
technology to calibrate the
chemistry needed for each
specific fabric it makes.
Photo: Crypton LLC.

high-quality products are designed for
endurance, which is in and of itself a
green quality. Reducing the frequency at
which new products need to be replaced,
she says, reduces the use of nonrenewable
fossil fuels, eliminates waste that goes to
landfills and reduces water consumption
and emissions.
"In a lot of discussions about recycling,
the longer game is ignored," Gillespie says.
"Crypton does extend the useful life of
furniture. In high-use places like hospitals
or in hospitality settings, think about
what it means when you no longer have to
replace things every couple of years."
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